Global Racial Justice Fellows
The inaugural cohort of global racial justice fellows collaborates with the Einaudi Center’s interdisciplinary community committed to racial justice, conducts research on racism and structural inequality, and plans and hosts related events and activities.
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Alexia Alkadi-Barbaro is a PhD candidate in the Department of Government. Her research focuses on intersections between anticolonial political thought and ecological politics in the mid–20th-century Global South. She has worked as a researcher with the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), documenting African and Middle Eastern people’s narratives about forced displacement in the wake of environmental degradation. As a graduate fellow, she would like to share her research with a growing network of scholars working on environmental racism and locally engaged organizing.
Hannah Bidigare-Curtis is pursuing an MSc in the College of Human Ecology. She is studying hut-style housing in Bidibidi Refugee Settlement in Uganda and links between housing quality and resident health and livelihoods. She hopes to conduct research in other refugee settlements to make effective policy recommendations to the UNHCR for settlement design. She is the founder of the Design + Environmental Analysis Student Antiracism Coalition. As a graduate fellow, she would like to identify and reflect on institutional barriers faced by international and American BIPOC students.
Andrew Harding is a PhD candidate at the Department of Asian Studies. His research analyzes fiction written by ethnically Korean writers who were born and raised in Japan after World War II. His dissertation provides a new perspective on these writings and delves into questions of national identity and its limits. As a graduate fellow, he seeks to liberate antiracist research from the confines of disciplines and fields and discuss it as a truly political issue, rather than an administrative one.
Olusegun Hazeez-Agbaje is pursuing a MArch in the College of Architecture, Art, and Planning. He is a musical artist, as well as an architect. His current research relies on the application of music as a basis for design. He is also interested in the architecture of neocolonialism and spaces of social justice, particularly the impact of architecture on issues of climate justice and social engagement. As a graduate fellow, he would like to engage with the understanding of the Other and the unbalanced structures replicated within governments, laws, and societies.
Eun A Jo
Eun A Jo is a PhD student in the Department of Government. Her research focuses on the role of memory in international relations. Through comparative analysis of two postcolonial democracies, South Korea and Taiwan, she studies how memories of enmity endure and shift. She explores how states’ memory projects during moments of profound transition—such as decolonization and democratization—can shape politics of international reconciliation. As a graduate fellow, she would like to consider the racialized origins of international order and contribute to race-focused international relations research.
Camille Jones is a PhD candidate in the Division of Nutritional Sciences. Her research focuses on child mortality caused by infectious diseases and undernutrition. She also studies the disparities of maternal death and morbidity among marginalized populations. She has worked in public health within international settings for nine years. As a graduate fellow, she would like to consider the different ways in which race and justice are defined and addressed within the global and domestic perspectives and provide mentorship to undergraduates from underrepresented minorities.
Zifeng Liu is a PhD candidate at the Africana Studies and Research Center. His research centers on a group of African American radical women who infused Black left feminism into strivings to cultivate Afro-Chinese solidarity. His research examine how Black feminists’ understandings of race, gender, sexuality, and empire evolved as they sought Afro-Asian solidarity within challenging geopolitical contexts. As a graduate fellow, he would like to draw attention to social movements in the United States, Black transnationalism, and the role of the Afro-Asianist mediascape in forging revolutionary solidarities.
Carlos Lopez is pursuing a master of regional planning (MRP) in the College of Architecture, Art, and Planning. His research focuses on residential segregation by income and race and its impact on students' academic performance. He designs large-scale housing projects to provide high-quality, equitable living spaces. He has served as president of the Organization of Cornell Planners and advocated for increasing diversity among students and faculty in the Department of City and Regional Planning. As a graduate fellow, he would like to expand the scholarship around racial segregation and provide mentorship to students.
Jahyon Park earned her PhD in the Department of Asian Studies at Cornell University. She specializes in modern and contemporary Korean media, cinema, and online literature. Her dissertation is titled Webtoons and Masculinity: Melodrama and Sympathetic Imagination in Contemporary South Korean Digital Media. Her current transnational research project opens new directions in research on East Asian popular culture and contributes to the larger discussion on studies of gender, genre transformation, and media reception in East Asia and inter-Asia cultural studies.